By Tom Kearns
Companies often purchase the ConsoleWorks solution in order to solve specific issues, their burning issue per se.
We’ve compiled a list of the top seven IT burning issues solved by IT Foundation Management (ITFM), which you’ll find below. Is your burning issue on our list?
1. Service disruptions are still occurring. ITFM captures all changes to the IT infrastructure, including those caused by human error, and provides a definitive record of what’s occurred, allowing you to proactively detect service threats and stop them before harm is done.
2. The business expects us to continually do more with less. ITFM dramatically simplifies and optimizes the daily work of admins and engineers, increasing the admin-to-device-management ratio by an average factor of 5x.
3. Gaining control over IT Service Levels. ITFM provides real-time activity tracking and error detection in applications, so you can detect threats and manage SLAs down to each individual transaction.
4. Meeting demanding government requirements. ITFM provides a unified security and compliance solution over privileged interfaces, with powerful capabilities to proactively address issues and drive IT infrastructure availability to new levels.
5. Documenting changes is costly and fraught with inaccuracies. ITFM automatically records those changes, down to the keystroke. Accurate records are created in real time, and manual documentation requirements are completely eliminated.
6. Large data breaches. ITFM secures all privileged interfaces in the IT foundation, identifies and responds to threats, and documents all activity down to the keystroke.
7. Security in the cloud. ITFM can secure entire cloud instances, while automatically creating the comprehensive compliance records that prove exactly what changes have been made, and by whom.
Watch the video: Top 7 Burning Issues Solved by IT Foundation Management
Further Reading: Whitepaper – Something is Missing
Our discussion of Event Lifecycle Management continues with an overview of the logging capabilities of ConsoleWorks. When an event is detected (See my previous article on Event Detection), the activity is automatically captured and recorded in real-time. The records produced are accurate, consistent, and comprehensive. These records are indispensable in proving compliance, passing audits, and verifying practices across the entire IT foundation.
But one of the most valuable capabilities of ConsoleWorks is that this logging takes place independently of what it’s monitoring. This means that if the operating system crashes or the system administrator must enter single user mode or maintenance mode for remediation purposes, ConsoleWorks continues to automatically capture and log all of the activity that occurs.
For more complex environments, ConsoleWorks displays an integrated view of multiple logs within one window, allowing users to view and compare activity on each and all managed assets. By using the server clock to timestamp all entries for all assets, users can correlate events across the enterprise. Since log entries from different managed assets are color-coded, it is easy to match events to the associated asset.
For additional information on logging events and the ConsoleWorks® Complete Event Lifecycle Management Solution, download the Solution Brief: A Complete Solution for Event Lifecycle Management
Additional Event Lifecycle Management blog articles are available at the links below:
Whether it’s SOX, PCI, NERC-CIP, or HIPAA, organizations are facing more compliance issues than ever before, and the penalties for failing to comply with these regulations can be severe. To further complicate matters, no single product can address all the compliance requirements and no one department in an organization has responsibility for implementing solutions for all the compliance pieces. The result is multiple, overlapping and duplicative solutions that often don’t truly satisfy the needs of the auditors and don’t offer sufficient flexibility to allow for integration with other solutions.
Monitoring data is often easy to modify after it is collected, making it an unreliable source of compliance information. Integration with other solutions or moving data to a common data repository is difficult. Compliance reports are often generated by hand using several potentially unreliable sources, resulting in reports that are inconsistent from event to event.
IT Foundation Management provides a real-time view of compliance risk, automatically capturing and recording all changes in the IT foundation. The records produced are accurate, consistent, comprehensive, and no manual work is required to produce them. These records provide the means to prove compliance, pass audits, and verify practices across the entire IT foundation.
The comprehensive, real-time compliance approach of IT Foundation Management makes compliance issues immediately actionable and significantly reduces risk to the business.